Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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RE: Depends on the price - ah, Windows
by jabbotts on Tue 26th May 2009 12:02 UTC in reply to "Depends on the price"
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

I asked my machine to reboot out of Windows last night about nine; the boot menu's default should get me out of the gaming system and leave my lovely productivity OS waiting. Instead, I wake this morning and check the machine on the pay past too the door only to find Windows sitting there with an error.

I hit the [OK] button and it powers off. Odd, I selected "restart".

I press the power button and it spins up dropping me back on a Windows desktop. WTF!

I ask it to restart again and click through two more errors before it finally rolls over to an OS produced by people who give a shit about quality.

This wouldn't be a problem if it was an anomoly but last time I had it booted over to Windows I had the same dance party shutting it down.

Seems it's time to take a few hours to check all installed software for updates. If I didn't need Windows for gaming; I'd have called in a sick day just to stay home and format the f--king code off my hardware.

(I'm still open to win7 being better still be we'll have to see how it goes.)

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solarcontrol Member since:
2008-11-17

LOL - you snatched the words from my lips.
I was about to edit my previous post (again) and add that he should try a dual-boot setup.

I'm on Linux Mint or ArtistX unless I'm playing the ONE STINKIN' GAME that I play..
For that I must boot to XP.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Such glitches are often some driver or hardware issue on Windows machines. For me though, shutting down is a function of the OS and a userland program shouldn't be able to hang the system beyond the OS's ability to kill the process.

Instead of booting over and doing some gaming, I'll now have to go through the Asus support site for later driver and utility versions. The hung process is one of the system monitoring utilities; apparently telling me temperature, fan speed and processor usage is that complicated.

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